Torkard Cider

What's in a name...?

Hucknall is a small town set against the foot of the Misk Hills about seven or so miles north of Nottingham. Up until 1916 the town was called Hucknall Torkard, but then the name Torkard was dropped. The parish is still shown on maps as being Hucknall Torkard and the name Torkard is used by many local businesses, so it seemed logical to call our cider Torkard Cider.

Unfortunately, many folks seem to think we are called: Talk Hard cider, probably due to the prevalence of stupid alcoholic-strength related names given to some ciders as a selling-ploy. So we have also had to use the name Hucknall Cider Co. to remove any confusion! We do not condone or encourage alcohol abuse or the 'binge-drinking' mentality of some sections of our society.

Floppy Tabs is named after a young Border Collie who belongs to my mum; her ears are very dynamic and communicative. Heritage Orchard is named after the single orchard where the fruit is collected: John Hempsall's Heritage Orchard at East Markham, near Tuxford in Nottinghamshire.

Of our new ciders, Two Bee's is named in celebration of our wedding in 2009, as we now both have a surmane beginning with 'B'... Sheepwash is a name I've liked for a long time, as it is the old original name given to the lane on which we live, due to the sheep being driven into the stream which runs alongside the lane, to wash their fleeces before being driven to market. Well I like it anyway!

Hucknall Cider Co.

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